Kazakhstan to support high-tech projects and form startup culture

Kazakhstan to support high-tech projects and form startup culture

Today, special attention is paid to supporting high-tech projects and forming a startup culture in Kazakhstan. Experts say that due to creative and talented ideas of young innovators, the republic can declare itself as a progressive country. The innovative projects are presented in education, health, safety, and online sales. For example, smart locks will be able to ensure the safety of citizens. Developers say that there is no need for multiple remote controls and applications. All locks will be opened with a single key using mobile phone.

KANAT KELDIBEKOV, FOUNDER OF IT PROJECT:

- There are indirect competitors who are manufacturers of smart locks all over the world. There are more than 100 of them but they have their own application for each lock and they have made their own key for every lock. Our application is universal: we connect to any lock and any system. All of the locks can be controlled via one application.

Kazakh specialists have developed a GPS application that ensures children’s safety. The app is most adapted to modern realities. The app has a panic button. Moreover, parents can remotely turn off the silent mode when a child plays a game and does not hear the call. Parents can also control how much time a child spends on social networks, and even which websites he or she uses most often.

TALGAT AYAPOV, IT SPECIALIST:

- Our application is free for now. Any parent, regardless of where they live, can use it for free and find a child’s location. Today’s problem is that children spend too much time using their phones. We want to make sure that the children could play on their phone for two hours and then the phone is blocked. Only SMS and calls are available.

In Aktau, over the past year, 20-year-old Mukash Bekenuly successfully implemented four startup projects. One of the projects is a modern and functional co-working center for young people. In 2019, the young entrepreneur plans to launch a new project, ‘Demeu.’ It will enable children from low-income families to learn about business foundation for free.

MUKASH BEKENULY, DIRECTOR, PUBLIC FOUNDATION:

- We’ve had a great event in the form of training and seminar. 1,500 students took part in it. We also organized a special seminar on design for 200 students. Our goal is to implement at least two social projects in each college and attract as many young people as possible. I think we managed to cope with the goal.

These projects are being tested. There are investors who are interested in initiatives of the young people. In addition, according to the National Agency for Technological Development, from 2019 the best startup projects can be sponsored by state grants of up to 50 million tenge.